September 25, 2020: A lot has happened since I last blogged. I have limited my practice to mediation, mediation training, representation of children and parenting coordination. That is still a large area of work and with the pandemic, it has moved to the virtual setting. I have found, however, that the on line mediation setting allows for new tools as a mediator. Screen sharing is very helpful in confirming that I am understanding what the participants are saying, as well as providing tools such as calendars to work with. Math can also be displayed so that the participants can add to the work being done. Virtual mediation allows for visual contact that face masks can hinder. Seeing more than just a person’s eyes is important for everyone to be able to communicate effectively. Communication is primarily based on body language and tone of voice, with little being the actual words being said. As my mother always said, it is not what you are saying as much as how you are saying it. Finally, virtual mediation is more convenient for parties and their attorneys, as the need to travel for the mediation is eliminated. While in person mediations will return when it is safe to meet together without masks, virtual mediation will still have value going forward. I welcome comments and input in this discussion.
February 8, 2021:
The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), an invitation-only association of exceptional Alternative Dispute Resolution professionals, has announced the induction of Cecilia “Ceecee” B. Paizs, Esq. to its esteemed group.
The NADN recognizes mediators and arbitrators who have met stringent practice criteria, and whom stand out among firm- and peer-reviews.
The Academy has made its directory of neutrals like Ceecee available online, to encourage easier searching for the best ADR providers in any area. Please visit www.nadn.org or www.mdrs.com for more information, and to view our NEW easy-to-navigate calendar tool for your scheduling ease. I welcome comments and input in this discussion.
February 8, 2021:
I am proud to announce that I have been selected again for 2021 SuperLawyer as a mediator. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and referred their civil and family matters to me as a mediator. The greatest compliment I can receive is a referral from a colleague. I welcome comments and input in this discussion.